Thanks so much for sharing your story Julie. Florida is exactly like South Carolina to me without the personal income taxes for which they fee you to death to make up the difference. Florida is a rich White man’s and gun-happy redneck White man’s paradise. For everyone else it’s impossible to be at peace in this state with so much history, segregation, racism, and governance styles tied to the Confederacy. Even immigrants come here and become racists.
When you’re the minority in a place, it’s different. I’m happy you are able to get a small taste of what it’s like to experience being treated like a lab rat and what it’s like being shoved, asked to be touched, or asked intrusive questions because you don’t belong. It helps add context. White people should spend time being the minority in Black and Brown spaces to learn how to treat minorities in their spaces. It’s pretty humbling.